Dorothy Koenig became aware of and encouraged her son's artistic abilities at an early age. The role she played has proved to be most inspiring and long lasting.
Peter's artistic passion has taken many different forms of expression over the years. His career began in New York City doing department store display work. Next he was employed a graphic artist for a large pharmaceutical company. In 1996 when his department was closed down and the company changed hands, he started his own business, Creative Painting. For several years Peter did interior home painting specializing in faux finishes and murals. His first accomplishment in this area was for a local historic church. In addition, in 1998 he named and was a founding member of the ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA. There in 2004 he was discovered and commissioned to do a large body of work, for a popular New Jersey restaurant, consisting primarily of vintage sign boards.
In November 2006 his work earned him a place in the prestigious Wilton Connecticut Historical Society's American Craftsmanship Show. Peter has also created period-painted finishes on early American furniture for a very respected furniture company in Portland, PA.
Mr. Koenig is a multi-faceted artist with a natural ability to draw and paint almost any subject matter. His work ranges from vintage sign boards to landscapes and still life. He is also adept at portrait painting and is a skilled animal artist, as well.
Koenig is very thankful for his God given abilities, which have earned him national recognition. Because of his creative talents and dedication to historical accuracy, Peter has been chosen by a panel of experts convened by Early American Life magazine to be listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Thus making 2016 the fifth year, he has earned this honor. Peter's work was featured in the 2007 and 2009 Directory editions and also in the December 2011 magazine article on Tavern and Trade Signs. It is very exciting and rewarding to experience being part of a magazine dedicated to preserving our traditional arts and customs.
The artist, along with his wife, Nancy, resides and works in Orange County, NY from his barn-like studio. Peter credits his family, good friends,and loyal clients for his longevity in the field.